Anna Webber|Elias Stemeseder|Devin Gray – “Jagged Spheres II” (2017)

“Jagged Spheres II” was released in 2017. Expressive, interesting and innovative avant-garde jazz album was recorded by three experimental jazz masters – Anna Weber (tenor saxophone, flute), Elias Stemeseder (piano, synth) and Devin Gray (drums, percussion). The improvisations by these musicians always have interesting, dynamic and active sound – spontaneous and wild fast solos are full of energy, sudden, rapid and unpredictable turns and waves, special effects and other music language elements. Musicians inventively and creatively combine together the elements of different music styles – avant-garde jazz, experimental music, modern jazz styles, intonations of academic avant-garde and contemporary academical music create effective and interesting sound. Musicians are experienced and talented avant-garde jazz improvisers – they try to extract many different and unusual timbres, inventive and shocking instrumentation decisions and other elements. They had been playing with numerous jazz masters of New York and other world countries – David Liebman, Tony Malaby, Gary Thomas, Ingrid Jensen, Dave Burrell, Dave Ballou, Michael Formanek, Nate Wooley, Stephan Crump and many others.

The compositions of this album have interesting and original sound. Free collective improvisations have rich and innovative musical language which is contained by many music elements and styles. Improvisations are based on essential elements of avant-garde jazz – free structure and form, wild fast, furious and extremely expressive improvisations, original and fascinating musical experiments. All these elements are combined together with synth sounds, special effects, intonations of academic avant-garde jazz and various modern jazz styles. Saxophone and flute improvisations played by Anna Weber, are full of energy and inventive musical decisions. Loud, powerful and intense blow outs, expressive, vivacious and vital solos, extremely active and vibrant bursts of energy, fascinating and innovative playing techniques create effective and original sound of her improvisations. Elias Stemeseder piano and synth sounds bring different intonations to the compositions – very colorful and constantly changing harmony, dynamic rhythmic, special effects, academic avant-garde and experimental music elements. Musician masterfully combines together synth and piano – wild fast, speedy and active piano solos marvelously fit together with synth sounds. He also create wide variety of sounds – unusual and strange sounds, special effects, tape recordings, extraordinary and weird noises are subtly combined together with expressive and active piano solos, vivacious saxophone melodies, soft flute solos and very dynamic rhythmic. Percussionist and drummer Devin Gray is famous for interesting and original improvising – in this album his improvisations also are full of different types of rhythms, colorful and gorgeous sounds of percussion and other elements. His improvisations are unpredictable and dynamic – after wild fast and loud tremolos there come soft and static rhythms, after that it grow to extremely furious, intensive and vibrant solos or other elements. Different kinds of rhythms are used to express various emotions and characters – drummer masterfully fuses all these elements in one place and express different feelings, emotions and characters. The collective improvisations of all three musicians have very interesting and bright musical language, always are full of energy, contrasts and unpredictable turns. Soft and silent flute solos are put against wild fast, powerful and intense collective improvisations, vibrant and extremely loud bursts of energy and other elements. Spontaneous and innovative improvising bring energy and interesting sound of these improvisations.

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